From Head to Tail: What is Your Dog's Body Language Telling You?
Oh, if only dogs could talk! Conversations would probably consist of treats and neighborhood squirrels. Unfortunately, they can’t speak to us, but they can communicate with us.
Any speech or communication class will tell you that 93% of daily communication is non-verbal. Your body language can say a lot, and the same can be said for dogs. One could say that a dog’s communication is entirely non-verbal. Sure, some barks can dictate a general tone, but usually you can tell if your dog is happy because their tail wags.
How many times has your dog served you those puppy dog eyes and you knew in your heart that he needed a treat ASAP. Puppy dog eyes and wagging tails are just the tip of the non-verbal iceberg. There are so many ways your dog is communicating with you − like that annoying owl from the Duolingo app. We are here to help you understand what exactly she’s saying.
Happy and Playful
Happiness is one of the most common signs you’ll see and recognize from your dog. It can mean your dog wishes for you to play with him (game time, human). When you see a pup wagging its tail or exposing its tongue, it can mean she’s ready for a game of fetch, wants some quality tummy scratches or are at her ultimate happiest (which probably means they’re with you).
Signs of happiness include:
- A playful bow with the tail up and front end lowered
- Dilated pupils
- Mouth open
- Tongue exposed
- Relaxed body